Apple AirTags – ‘A perfect tool for stalking’

Amber Norsworthy lives in Mississippi with her four children. It had just turned 3pm when she got home on 27 December. She received a notification on her phone. “My phone made a ding that I’d never heard before”, she says. The notification told her that an unknown device had been following her movements. Ms Norsworthy, […]

Sony slides on Microsoft-Activision Blizzard tie-up plan

Shares in Japanese technology giant Sony have slumped in Tokyo trade after Microsoft said it plans to buy mega games company Activision Blizzard. The deal worth $68.7bn (£50.5bn), would be Microsoft’s biggest ever buyout and the largest deal in gaming history. It would see the US firm owning popular gaming franchises including Call of Duty, […]

US airlines warn of impending 5G flight disruption

The 10 biggest US airlines have warned that the impending switch-on of 5G mobile phone services will cause “major disruption” to flights. They said the start of Verizon and AT&T 5G mobile phone services, planned for Wednesday, would cause a “completely avoidable economic calamity”. Airlines fear C-band 5G signals will disrupt planes’ navigation systems, particularly […]

Djokovic back in Serbia after Australia deportation over visa row

Novak Djokovic has arrived in Serbia after being deported from Australia. The top men’s tennis player was deported after losing a visa battle that centred on the fact he is unvaccinated. Supporters gathered at the airport in Belgrade, waving the national flag and chanting “we love Novak”. “This is a shame what they did to […]

Pacific volcano: New Zealand sends flight to assess Tonga damage

New Zealand has sent a plane to Tonga to assess the damage after a huge volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami. The eruption has covered the Pacific islands in ash, cut power and severed communications. Up to 80,000 people there could be affected, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) told the […]

Largest darknet stolen credit card site closes

The administrators of the largest illegal marketplace on the darknet for stolen credit cards are retiring after making an estimated $358m (£260m). The anonymous owners of UniCC thanked the criminal fraternity for their business, citing age and health for the closure. Many other illegal darknet marketplaces have also shut down voluntarily over the winter for […]

Pokémon Go: Police fired for chasing Snorlax instead of robbers

Two Los Angeles police officers were fired for chasing Pokémon rather than fleeing robbers, court documents show. The pair were parked nearby when a radio call came in for officers to respond to a shop robbery. But a review of their in-car camera footage showed they had been playing Pokémon Go and chose to pursue […]

Oculus Quest 2: Meta to discuss children’s VR safety with watchdog

The Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) is to talk to Meta about how its virtual reality (VR) business Oculus complies with the regulator’s “children’s code”. The code aims to ensure that online services likely to be accessed by children are appropriate for their use. A campaign group recently found evidence of harassment of under-18s in a […]